Women Inspired Network has awarded more than $50,000 in the past four years to local charitable organizations that support and enhance the lives of women and children in the region.
Funds for the awards are contributed by members and friends of WIN throughout the year and are then awarded through a competitive grant process.
This year, WIN named four grant recipients in 2021.
The Backpack Ministry Winter Clothing Outreach Program at the Putnam County Community Church received $3,000 for their exemplary work providing needed winter clothing to keep boys and girls warm on their way to school.
Freedom House Inc. in Princeton received $3,750 for providing a safe and caring environment exclusively for teens that will include appropriate furniture, decor, books and games providing feature information for teen-dedicated crisis hotlines and websites that provide information for LGBTQ, substance abuse, mental health and teen dating violence, among other topics.
Braveheart Children’s Advocacy Center in Princeton received $2,000 for providing a safe and caring environment for children and their families at its new Princeton building.
Valley Immigrant Advocates in Ottawa received $6,000 for providing pro bono legal services to immigrants, specifically to aid women who are survivors of domestic violence or sexual assault to be eligible for a number of immigrant benefits.
Thank you to all the women and generous donors who made this possible! We couldn't do it without you.
The Women Inspired Network is a charitable giving circle of local philanthropic women who make annual contributions to empower and enhance the quality of life for women and children. WIN is a component fund of the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation whose mission is to Connect People Who Care with Causes That Matter.